Best Metal Songs of the 70s

Well I'm a more of hard rock fan than metal. But I also listen some metal songs.

But most often I listen to metal songs of 80s or 90s by Iron Maiden or Metallica.

So it was quite difficult for me to choose 70s metal music.

Please add more if I miss something

The Top Ten

1 Highway Star - Deep Purple

This is one of the first metal songs, early speed metal. It's clasically inspired (based on Bach scales) and its solo was the first true metal solo. It's not hard rock - hard rock is blues inspired. - Metal_Treasure

It's hard rock.

2 Stargazer - Rainbow

A 100% metal song. Epic masterpiece from Ritchie Blackmore and Dio (1976). - Metal_Treasure

3 Child In Time - Deep Purple
4 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

One of the greatest metal songs I know. Excellent. Chills up and down my spine. - Metal_Treasure

5 Victim of Changes - Judas Priest

This is a great song but it's actually blues rock - a bit heavier blues rock but still blues elements are too noticeable. Yet, their song Beyond The Realms Of Death is metal as well as some others. - Metal_Treasure

Whiskey woman don't you know you're driving me insane? One of the best songs from one of the best albums of the 70s. - SoldierOfFortune

6 A Light In the Black - Rainbow

Epic yet very fast song with the most impressive metal guitar solo of the 70s (Ritchie Blackmore). The solo is long, fast, technical and melodic. - Metal_Treasure

7 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

It's not a metal song in the strict sense. Just saying. - Metal_Treasure

8 Iron Man - Black Sabbath
9 Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest
10 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

The Newcomers

? (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Öyster Cult
? The Riot of Your Time - Scorpions

The Contenders

11 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
12 Working Man - Rush

Though it may not be metal to some people but this song is heavier than many hard rock songs and it's close to the heavy metal.Especially the the opening riff - zxm

13 Gates of Babylon - Rainbow
14 Hell Bent for Leather - Judas Priest
15 Burn - Deep Purple
16 Róisín Dubh (Black Rose): A Rock Legend - Thin Lizzy
17 Into the Void - Black Sabbath
18 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

The song that began metal!

19 Runnin' with the Devil - Van Halen
20 Overkill - Motörhead
21 Kill the King - Rainbow
22 Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin
23 Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin

Wikipedia says it's viking metal - zxm

I used to think wikipedia is always right.But now I think they are not always not right - zxm

Again, NOT metal.

@zxm - many parts of the wiki articles on metal are awful. Viking metal is very close to black metal. This is correct: "Viking metal is a style of heavy metal music with origins in black metal and Nordic folk music".
So how is Immigrant Song close to black metal/viking metal? I am not even sure this song is metal. - Metal_Treasure

24 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple
25 Bird of Prey - Uriah Heep
26 The Ripper - Judas Priest
27 Stone Cold Crazy - Queen

Widely considered the first thrash metal song, 9 years before Metallica. Queen sound in general was closer to metal than people ever imagined. - Metal_Treasure

28 Ride the Sky - Lucifer's Friend
29 Fireball - Deep Purple
30 Dreamer Deceiver - Judas Priest
31 Stained Class - Judas Priest

This song is 100% metal, which was something rare in the 70s. - Metal_Treasure

32 White Heat, Red Hot - Judas Priest
33 Eyes of the World - Rainbow

Prog/symphonic metal, 1979. A very well composed and performed song. - Metal_Treasure

34 The Mule - Deep Purple

The drum beat is so epic and unique! - Metal_Treasure

35 Opium Trail - Thin Lizzy
36 Starbreaker - Judas Priest
37 Tarot Woman - Rainbow
38 Man On the Silver Mountain - Rainbow
39 Stormbringer - Deep Purple
40 Speed King - Deep Purple
41 Salisbury - Uriah Heep
42 Free Me Now - Accept
43 Set Me Free - Sweet
44 Electric Funeral - Black Sabbath
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1. Stargazer - Rainbow
2. Highway Star - Deep Purple
3. Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
1. Into the Void - Black Sabbath
2. Highway Star - Deep Purple
3. Kill the King - Rainbow
1. Stargazer - Rainbow
2. Victim of Changes - Judas Priest
3. Highway Star - Deep Purple

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